Today will be the first time Kenny Dalglish will have been on the sidelines at Newcastle, since he was sacked as the Newcastle back in August of 1998.
Alan Pardew – great shot of the manager directing training
Mike – when in doubt kick the ball out of the stadium – over there!
That was after he had taken Newcastle from second place in the league in 1997, and then finished the season in 13th place the next season, in what Sir John Hall called a complete disaster in the summer of 1998.
Kenny was simply hopeless at Newcastle, and he’s now struggling at Liverpool, with only 8 points from the 11 league games this year, and the Reds will be looking for all 3 points this afternoon – no doubt about that and it will not be an easy game.
The 3-1 home win over Liverpool on December 11th, 2010, was Alan Pardew’s first game in charge of Newcastle, and he was asked about how things may be different this afternoon:
“I won’t be as apprehensive this time.” “I feel more comfortable with the stadium, the crowd, the surroundings that we are in. I am loving it here at the moment.”
“I don’t want to go anywhere else. I am really enjoying the football and the team we have got. We are playing some exciting stuff.” “You can sense we have a threat and that is a great feeling to have.”
“If I could settle for good I would, but it’s not up to me,” “I love it here and am really enjoying it. That’s important. ” “It can only be long term as long as the results keep coming in.”
“If not, then the board are under pressure from the fans, the manager has to go.” “That’s the world I live in. I would love to be here for the next three or four years, but it won’t be decided by me.”
Do you notice how Alan and Derek LLambias now refer to St. James’ Park as the stadium, well at least that’s better than calling it by its official name these days.
And at least Alan is down to earth about things, because he’s right, if the results go downhill, his job will be in danger – and there’s nothing more true than to say football managers are in the results business.
No results – no job.
But obviously we hope that the results will not taper off, as the Newcastle club seem to be operating in complete unison at the moment, which is unusual but it’s also great to see.
And since he’s been at Newcastle, Alan has been a great front-man for the club and an excellent communicator, and he comes across very well indeed for Newcastle, even though we thought he would be hopless.
A win this afternoon would be great for Alan Pardew, the players and the fans – it would be greater than great in fact. 😀